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Conferences, Retreats, and Sessions

Annual Sessions

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Annual Sessions

The Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church invites you to the 128th Yearly Meeting Sessions!


Presented by Joseph Clair, PhD., Dean of College of Christian Studies, Liberal Arts, and Honors Associate Professor of TheologyPhD, Princeton.

Held virtually on July 19-21, 2020.

Everyone is invited and registration for the conference is highly encouraged.

About the Speaker

joseph-clairDr. Clair serves as dean of the College of Christian Studies, liberal arts, and honors, and as an associate professor of theology. Before joining the George Fox faculty in 2013, he earned his PhD in the religion, ethics and politics program at Princeton University while also working as an assistant in instruction. His efforts were rewarded with a Department of Religion Teaching Award (2011-12) and a Graduate Prize Fellowship from Princeton’s Center for Human Values (2012-13).

Prior to Princeton, Clair earned an MPhil at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He also holds master’s degrees from Fordham and Duke University as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. His research and teaching interests include Christian thought and ethics and the role of religion in public life. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (Oxford UP, 2016) and Reading Augustine: OnEducation, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Midyear Boards

Every year in late January or early February our various boards and committees gather to listen together for where and how God is leading us as a yearly meeting. Representatives from all over the Northwest also gather, discerning around various items brought forward.

2021 Schedule 

NWYM Midyear Board Meetings
Meridian Friends Church, Meridian Idaho
February 5-6, 2021


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Call to Ministry Conference

Sponsored by Northwest Yearly Meeting and George Fox University

Hosted at Clackamas Park Friends Church

     Friday, October 11, 5:30PM – 9:00PM
     Saturday, October 12, 8:00AM – 2:30PM

Call to Ministry brochure  [DOWNLOAD]


International Friends Church Multiplication Conference

2020 International Friends Church Multiplication Conference

November 11-13, 2020

NWYM Locations

Southern Idaho and Newberg, OR at George Fox University

Main Speaker

ed-stetzer-photoEd Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week. Stetzer also co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.

About the Conference

For the first time, this conference will be taking place on several continents! The main general session presentations will be simulcast to various conference locations around the world. The main presenters will be filmed/broadcast from one central location, which will be held at Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas in their new auditorium. 

To give you a little more context, we have held four “national” Friends Church multiplication conferences so far over the last few years, each time at Barclay College. Speakers have included people like Bob Logan and Dave Ferguson. Representatives from evangelically-minded Friends Churches have come from around the country. The 2020 conference will be our first-ever “international” multiplication conference, which essentially will be a number of regional conferences around the globe. The general sessions will be live streamed, but the rest of the conference experiences (music, workshops, food/lodging, relationships, etc.), will be live and in person in each location.

Pastors Conference

An Annual Gathering for Pastors, Spouses, Friends Serving Abroad, Seminary Students, and Ministry Leaders in NWYM of Friends Church

We invite you to a time of rest, renewal and play. Enjoy the company of other sisters and brothers who serve and seek to honor Jesus and his people. This is a time to renew the joy of seeking and following Christ, to reconnect and make new friends, and to walk the beach and enjoy God’s creation. The food is pretty wonderful as well!

2020 Information

Dates: March 9-12th

Location: Twin Rocks Friends Camp

Theme and Main Speaker

The theme this year is Flourishing In Ministry. Our main speaker is Rev. Chris Adams, Ph.D. He will be focusing on the person of the Pastor; personal enrichment, spiritual growth, and being healthy in ministry. The difference between “surviving” and “thriving”.

Here is a short bio:

Having spent the last 8 years as the Associate Campus Pastor for Community Care at Azusa Pacific University, Chris is the new Director of the Kern Center for Vocational Ministry & Associate Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at Azusa Pacific Seminary. He is a third generation pastor’s kid, and an ordained minister. In addition to his role as a professor in undergraduate and seminary teaching and training, he is also active as a denominational/church consultant, and frequent speaker at pastors’ retreats and conferences. 

 Having spent a number of years in local church and parachurch ministry leadership, Chris developed a passion pastoral and church health issues. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, he is currently participating in research on pastoral health and effectiveness, including the Duke Clergy Health Initiative and Profiles in Ministry Project for the Association of Theological Schools. Chris also facilitates the clergy candidacy assessment, selection, formation, and ongoing care processes for a number of denominations and seminaries.

 Chris is married to Lori, a cardiac nurse, and they have two children, Lexi (5), and Cole (10 months). Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, scuba diving, and music (especially jazz).


There will be two workshops offered this year on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. They will each be offered both days allowing you to attend each workshop.

  1. Church Revitalization: This workshop led by Pastor Robert Hays will include lessons and takeaways from the book “Scrappy Church”, by Thom Ranier. There will be practical ideas that can be taken back to your church and implemented to help revitalize your church.
  2. Prayer, The Key to Revival: This workshop led by Beth Banham will focus on the intercessory prayer movement that is beginning within Northwest Yearly Meeting. Revitalization and revival begin with prayer and the Holy Spirit’s moving. Practical steps in how to start and continue an intercessory prayer group/s will be given.


  • Active Pastors, the churches of NWYM subsidizes a portion of your fee and the remaining amount is $50 for yourself and an additional $50 for your spouse.  If you choose to stay in Pacific Woods Lodge, you are personally responsible for the additional cost of $75.
  • Everyone else (and spouses), $125 for a single registration or $175 for a couple.
  • Everyone that chooses the Pacific Woods Lodge requires an additional $75  (These will be available on a “first-check-received, first-served basis.” There is a limited number!)
  • Registration Form
  • Payment Information: Please make checks payable to NWYM Pastors Association. You are also able to make payments online.  If you pay online, please designate the payment is for Pastors Conference in the corresponding section.
  • 2020 Pastors Conference Schedule
  • Please bring your own bedding and towels, unless you register for the Pacific Woods Lodge
  • Pets: Pets are not allowed on the grounds of Twin Rocks Friends Camp. Please make other arrangements for the care of your furry friends that week.
  • Parents: Childcare will be provided during the meeting times. Please note on the registration form if you will be bringing children.  It’s especially critical that this information is received ahead of time. The cost for children under 3 is $25. Those who are older than 3 will be $100.


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Friends Men

Our purpose is to…

  • keep our eyes on Jesus
  • to find our identity in Jesus
  • to listen to the Holy Spirit
  • to bear witness to how Jesus makes a difference in our lives
  • so that Jesus may make a difference in the lives of others.

…to become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Romans 8:29

…to go into all the world and tell the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Mark 16:15 (LB)

Upcoming events:

Twin Rocks Friends Man Camp

Date: TBA

Speaker: TBA

Registration: [REGISTER HERE]

Man Camp Brochure: Coming Soon!

Friends Women

Oregon Shine Retreat will be held at Twin Rocks Friends Camp during the weekend of September 24-26, 2020.


Idaho Rise Retreat will be held at Quaker Hill over the weekend of September 18-20, 2020.


Call to Ministry Conference

International Friends Church Multiplication Conference

Pastors Conference


Friends Men Events

Friends Women Events


Midyear Boards

Thriving with Joseph Clair, July 19-22